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“A Gem of a Cafe!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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A Taste of Thyme Cafe
Cuisines: European, Albanian
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating
Fox Point
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A Gem of a Cafe!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We discovered this restaurant the last time we were in Salem (loved the name!) several years ago and recently revisited this sentimental favorite. It's still just as good! The decor is homey, the portions large, the food tasty, the prices inexpensive and the service attentive and quick. We have only been here for breakfasts, but they are so substantial one doesn't need lunch, though they serve that as well.

The cafe is located on one of the main streets of Salem, so it is convenient to tourist attractions and other shops. The wait staff even gave us tips on other places to eat for dinner and nearby shops where one of our group could find a clothing item she needed. (When we were here the last time, they were just closing when our group of five arrived, but they were great -- they put the "Closed" sign on the door, and served us just as if we hadn't been late. They could not have been more friendly or accommodating!)

You can pay more elsewhere, but for friendly service and good, down-home food, you can't beat this place.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Salem, Massachusetts
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575 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“A Real Bargain for Real Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Three of us had lunch here for $16, which I call a bargain. That was one bowl of beans and rice soup, full of veggies, one roll-up and one sandwich with soup on the side. Decor is blah, but the food was delicious and the atmosphere quiet, which allowed easy talking. And the service was just fine.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Salem, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Staff often in a tizzy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

The food is very good, but wait staff easily confused.

Visited January 2012
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Salem, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Secret hideaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

The food is made fresh the staff friendly and I've always have found a seat

Visited June 2011
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Salem, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Diner with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2012

An informal place with good food, inexpensive. Very good breakfast.

Visited December 2011
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